Measuring For Your
Below is a step-by-step
guide for drawing and measuring your kitchen. Each step
is color coded and matches the corresponding color in
the sample drawing below. To make it easier to draw your
kitchen we have provided a grid
that can be printed and used as grid paper.
you are remodeling, do not include current cabinetry or
other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen
tables, in your measurements.
All of your measurements should be in inches. For
example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it
as 120" (a quotation mark (") denotes inches).
Draw a rough
outline of your kitchen. Use the following symbols in
your drawing for doors and windows.
For doorways with doors, draw the doorway according to
which way the door swings.
Draw in any
obstructions such as radiators, pipes, sink plumbing,
etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved.
A) Beginning at
the top left corner of your drawing measure to the first
window, door, or wall. Continue clockwise around the
room until each wall, window and door has been measured.
measuring doors and windows the trim is considered part
of the door or window. As shown in the drawing below,
measure from the outside of the trim on one side to the
outside of the trim on the other side.
the ceiling height and write it in the center of your
drawing. Sometimes, especially with older homes, it is a
good idea to take measurements in a few different areas
of the kitchen. Ceiling heights, even in the same room,
can sometimes vary by as much as a few inches.
C) As shown
in the drawing below, measure from the floor to the
bottom of each window and also measure the overall
window height. If you have printed these
instructions, write the measurements in the table
from Floor to Bottom of Window
of Window Including Trim
A) Beginning at the
top left of your drawing, label the windows "Window
#1", "Window #2", etc. in a clockwise
beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the doors
"Door #1", "Door #2", etc. in a
C) Next to
each wall, write the name of the adjacent room. If the
wall is an "outside wall" write "exterior
A) Measure any
obstructions such as radiators, pipes, etc. that you
either can not, or do not, want moved. If the obstruction
is close to a wall, measure out from the wall to the edge
of the obstruction.
from the second closest wall to the edge of the
C) If the
obstruction does not span the full height of the room,
measure the height of the obstruction.
measurements. If your room is rectangular add up the
measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they
match (or are at least very close). For example, in our
sample drawing, you would take the overall measurements of
the top wall and add them together. Then do the same with
the bottom wall. Once you have added each walls
measurements check the totals to see if they match.
+ 42" + 24" + 12" + 42" +
12" = 156"
+ 40" + 104" = 156"
+ 42" + 52" = 115"
+ 97" = 115"